This is a sad time for baseball.
One of the modern era pitching legends is on his way out and leaving in an incredibly unceremonious way. Yet, propaganda artists like this guy on morning radio and Phillies fans are (get this) blaming Halladay for trying to pitch through the pain.
Did Halladay mislead the Phillies by not sharing that he was pitching in pain since his outing against the Pittsburgh Pirates on April 24th? Quite posssibly. However, weren't most fans happy with Halladay on April 24th since he threw one-hit ball over 6 innings allowing only 1 run? At that point, most of baseball believed that Halladay had reinvented himself after an incredibly shaky start to the season.
Can you really have it both ways?
Is Doc done? Probably. The Halladay that we remember from his early Phillies days certainly is. If any pitcher could reinvent himself in the Greg Maddux manner it would be Halladay. That doesn’t make it easy or likely.
This is where the fine line of playing with pain (warrior) and not sharing the pain with the organization (distrusful) comes into play.
For those of you on the distrustful side ask yourself these questions.
Was Halladay able to discern between normal discomfort and this shoulder pain?
How do you know?
Do you typically root for a player in any sport for the kind of heroism that comes with playing in pain?
Are you sure the Phillies would have insisted on a Doctor’s review of his shoulder? (their track record would not suggest as much)
If Halladay has not earned the right to work through this on his terms, who has?
And my personal favorite, how can you boo a guy who has lived his life to provide sports fans with indelible memories knowing that may have been his last professional outing?
Look around Philadelphia. You have plenty of viable options if you want to exercise your rights to boo. Jimmy Rollins, Chad Durbin, Charlie Manuel all have given Phillies fans legitimate reasons. Hold on, NFL training camp will be here soon. Mike Vick anyone? DeSean Jackson? Sure.
But not Doc Halladay. He deserves better. He’s given you everything he has.
Toast Doc Halladay as a future Hall of Famer and true warrior with a Red Nectar Ale. The American Amber is the original offering from Nectar Ales. Red Nectar has a very fresh taste with an even balance of caramel malts, spice and hops. With a 5.5% ABV feel free to raise several pints to Doc and his efforts through the years.